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A night out in the Big Easy can be an experience you’ll never forget! With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some fun, unique date ideas in New Orleans, Louisiana!
Get Lost in the Sculpture Garden
Walk through New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden and be wowed at the more than 60 sculptures from world-renowned artists. Occupying five acres, you’ll stop and smell the flowers and enjoy the beautiful landscape the complements the artwork. Want to give back to the community while having a unique date? Volunteer at the garden by helping weed and trim the garden. You can even adopt an area as a couple! Go indoors and tour the museum by visiting current exhibits or check out some of nightlife with NOMA’s Friday Nights’ series!
Take a Free Guided Tour
Free Tours by Foot offers tours that you can afford (name your own price), usually with no upfront cost. Pay what you think the tour was worth at the end. Since it’s the #1 tour company in New Orleans, tourists and locals alike think it’s worth it! Popular tours include the St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour. This tour does have an admission cost of $2 to the cemetery. Known as ‘The City of the Dead’, the cemetery is near the French Quarter and famous for its labyrinth of tombs. This famous burial site was seen in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. Get some thrills and chills while you hold tight to your sweetie on this spooky tour. The French Quarter Food and History Tour will take you to all the hot eateries. Enjoy the approximate two-hour walking tour with some New Orleans favorites including seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, muffulettas, jambalaya, hot sauces, seasonal gulf coast seafood, po’boys, crawfish/seafood boil, pralines, and beignets. Food cost is on your own, so upfront costs are still free. Self-guided tours are also on the website so you can go at your own pace and enjoy NOLA on a date anytime!
Listen to some Jazz, Baby!
The Spotted Cat has been called the quintessential jazz club of New Orleans for its exceptional artists and lively feel. The “Cat” hosts up to three bands nightly, so you and your love are sure to find some smooth jazz to suit your taste. Not in a bar mood? Visit the Preservation Hall for some traditional New Orleans Jazz. Since 1961, the Hall has been hosting shows. Now you can see nightly jazz more than 350 nights a year from more than 100 local master artists. Wherever you end up, New Orleans jazz music should be on your date idea list!
New Orleans is absolutely known for fine cuisine. Why not learn how to cook some Creole and Cajun dishes yourself? Langlois is cooking class meets storytelling and entertainment. Trained Louisiana native chefs teach you how to cook while providing stories and history of NOLA cuisine. These are private events, so they’re perfect for an upscale special occasion like an anniversary or birthday.
The New Orleans School of Cooking offers more open demonstration as well as hands-on classes. Watch, learn, then eat while chefs prepare traditional gourmet NOLA eats like gumbo, jambalaya, bananas foster with pralines and more! Demo classes include meals and are typically around $30 a person. Hands-on classes also include food that you participate in making along with recipes and an apron and run about $139 a person. Check the website for current classes and prices for this unique date experience.
Get a History Lesson
Explore one of New Orleans’ top attractions at the National World War II Museum. Although it may not be your typical romantic date, this museum (rated #4 in the world) is a must-see for every American. The museum is home to more than 100,000 WWII artifacts and honors our veterans with memorial programs (like the commemorative brick program) and tribute pages. Talk about history with your significant other while taking in the museums films and exhibits, then enjoy a more traditional date with a musical show at the museum’s BB’s Stage Door Canteen with throwback shows to the 1940s. History and culture will make this unique date one you’ll always remember.
Whether you’re a NOLA native, a tourist, or a transplant, you’ll love all the unique date ideas in New Orleans, Louisiana. Try one of the few mentioned, and you’ll be sure to come back for more!